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Building department and planning applications, including plan submittals, will be accepted electronically. Contact 509-942-7794 or for more information. 

Hydrant Meter Rental Agreement

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City of Richland Temporary Fire Hydrant Meter

Temporary Hydrant Meters are available through:

City of Richland Public Works 

625 Swift Blvd. MS 26

Richland, WA 99352

Ph: 509-942-7460


$750 Deposit
$30 Monthly service charge
$.95 per unit (100 cubic foot) 

You will need to:

  • Completed Agreement with signature
    • Contact person and phone number
    • Location where the meter is to be installed
    • Refund information (address and phone number)
  • Issue Deposit

Installation of Hydrant Meter:
Once the deposit is paid, a meter will be installed by a City employee on the fire hydrant location requested. The City employee will close the valve on the meter and open the fire hydrant.

  • DO NOT operate the fire hydrant (unless Cold/Freezing conditions apply)
  • Use the gate valve on the meter to control the volume of water.
  • When finished with the hydrant meter, call 942-7670 to have the meter removed and a final reading taken.
  • All final charges for water usage, monthly service charges, and any meter damage* will be deducted from the deposit; totals left will be refunded or billed.
  • It is the responsibility of each customer to protect the hydrant meter from damage due to freezing conditions.

Cold/Freezing Weather Conditions:
When the hydrant is open and the meter valve is closed, the hydrant base is constantly filled with water. In freezing weather, this could damage the hydrant and the meter. It is the responsibility of the contractor to close the hydrant and open the gate valve to drain the water from the meter when it is not in use. A hydrant wrench is the only acceptable tool to operate a hydrant.

If the hydrant needs to be shut off, do it slowly. Closing a hydrant too fast may cause a water hammer. When opening the hydrant, it must be opened all the way. Using a hydrant in a half opened position will cause damage to the hydrant weeps and may cause flooding around the hydrant.

Hydrant/Meter Damage:
The contractor will be responsible for any damage done to the hydrant and/or meter due to neglect. A few examples are, but not limited to, breaking the hydrant stem by using too much torque, not using a hydrant wrench, damage to weep holes, cutting lock on meter, breaking any part of meter/hydrant.


The Contractor and it’s employees are Responsible for Damaged property when using Hydrant Meters.
Persons caught taking water from fire hydrants, curb stops or other water valves without proper authorization or metering are subject to an administrative fine from the City of $500.

Meter Relocation:
DO NOT move the hydrant meter, the city will relocate the hydrant meter to a different location at no charge by calling 942-7670. Under normal circumstances it could be moved the same day, provided that you call before 1:00 p.m. Failure to provide sufficient notice shall not constitute justification for the contractor/person to relocate the meter.

Moving or otherwise tampering with the meter by the contractor/person shall be cause for discontinuance of temporary water service. Water service will be restored upon payment of all costs incurred by the department to locate the meter ($50) and replace damages and/or locking devices ($25).

* Repair Parts Lists – fee’s are subject to change without notice (includes labor for repair)

  • Meter Body $480,
  • 3” Gate Valve $130,
  • 2 ½” Female x 3” Male Swivel Adapter $115,
  • 3” GAV Nipple $ 10,
  • Locking Cap $25, 3” x 2 ½”
  • Double Male Hex Nipple $ 75,
  • Support Bar $ 35,
  • Meter Lid $10,
  • Damaged locking devices $25.
I agree that all charges for rental, damage, and/or materials will be paid and that all collection fees, attorney fees, court costs, or any other expense involved in the collection of these charges will be borne by me in the court of Benton County in which indebtedness is incurred.

Customer acknowledges having read and understood all of the terms and provisions of this Rental Agreement and agrees to be bound by all terms and provisions contained herein upon the execution of this Rental Agreement or earlier acceptance of the rented equipment.
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